Hazard reduction burn in Tomaree National Park

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Tomaree National Park on Saturday 29 August and Sunday 30 August to reduce bushfire risk to residents and wildlife habitat within Fingal Bay.

View of coastline, Tomaree National Park

The burn directly west of Rocky Point Road and Boulder Bay Road aims to reduce fuel loads to reduce the risk of summer bushfire traveling through the area.

NPWS and NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) crews will be working in areas adjacent to Marine Drive from Saturday morning with patrols continuing Sunday and possibly Monday.

The aim is to complete the main burn on Saturday and continue with ongoing mop-up and patrol over subsequent days while the forecast mild weather conditions continue.

Fingal Bay residents should take precautions to avoid smoke by closing doors and windows and removing washing.

Motorists are reminded to use caution and drive to conditions.

The NPWS hazard reduction program for 2020 is focussed on essential burns to protect park neighbours, assets or significant habitat to ensure ongoing recovery of the wildlife impacted by the summer bushfires.

All burns across NSW will continue to be coordinated with the RFS to ensure the impact on the community, including from smoke, are assessed at a regional level. Details on specific burns will be made available in advance on the Rural Fire Service website, ‘Fires Near Me’ app, and on NPWS Alerts website.

All hazard reduction burns over 50 hectares will be assessed by the NSW RFS in conjunction with NSW Health as required to ensure smoke impacts are minimised.

For health information relating to smoke from bush fires and hazard reduction burning, visit NSW Health or the Asthma Foundation.

For up to date information on these, and other, planned hazard reduction activities, visit the Rural Fire Service.